(7/10) Canadian powerhouse Cauldron is back with "In Ruin", their new longplayer that features nine new tracks. The guys from Toronto released their last full-length album back in 2012 and in the meantime it was only an EP from 2014 that was published. The waiting comes to an end now.
Melodic metal is mentioned in big letters on Cauldron's invisible banner. Routed in the eighties, the guys from North America are sometimes melodic like the early Dokken while also having raging tracks ("Burning at Both Ends") in their portfolio.
And like often done in metal, there is a longer hymn on an album that starts slow and builds up towards a real metal song. Cauldron follows this pattern too and in their case the tune is called "Corridors of Dust". Unfortunately this number doesn't belong to the best ones on the album since it is too predictable and doesn't offer the really unexpected moments.
The following "Delusive Serenate" does a better job. Actually it's build up in a similar way as the before mentioned track but it is more diverse; something that's also very much needed since it's an instrumental.
The closer straight to the point done "Outrance" rounds off an interesting that combines traditional metal with a good sense for melodies. Not innovative but good and passionate.
- No Return / In Ruin
- Burning at Both Ends
- Hold Your Fire
- Come Not Here
- Santa Mira
- Corridors of Dust
- Delusive Serenade
Label: High Roller Records
Genre: Heavy Metal
Release Date EU: January 29th, 2016